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“Changing prospects for Life in the Universe and the Fermi Paradox”

Event Type
Seminar/Symposium
Sponsor
Department of Astronomy
Location
Loomis 141
Date
Apr 25, 2022   4:00 pm  
Speaker
David Brin
Contact
Leslie Looney
E-Mail
lwl@illinois.edu
Views
137
Originating Calendar
Astronomy Public Events

 ”Life in the Universe and the Fermi Paradox”.  For forty-five years, even as the public grew accustomed to talk of 'alien,' life, astronomers and others have puzzled over 'The Great Silence' out there, a lack of any signs or traces of previous civilizations in the Milky Way Galaxy, a problem often called the Fermi Paradox. Over a hundred hypotheses have been offered, from credible to highly implausible. Discovery of many thousands of extrasolar planets has altered several factors in the Drake Equation. In a time of rapid discovery, it seems inappropriate to meddle in the experiment by deliberately shouting 'messages' into the cosmos.

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